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Dr. Lisa Allyn Dale

Lecturer in the Discipline , Undergraduate Special Concentration and Major in Sustainable Development , The Earth Institute

BIOGRAPHY: Lisa Dale teaches full time in the undergraduate Sustainable Development program. With a background in political science, her courses include: Environmental Policy & Governance; Challenges of Sustainable Development; Public Lands in the American West; Climate Change: Adaptation and Resilience; Science Communications; and Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainable Development.

Her research focuses on climate change adaptation policies, with active projects in the American West and in Sub-Saharan Africa. She was awarded support through the Global Scholars Program for her work with the University of Rwanda, and has worked as a faculty affiliate of the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes (CRCL) in Mozambique. Her work on climate change adaptation includes participation in the steering committee for the Earth Institute Adaptation Initiative, as well as serving on the leadership group for the United Nations Climate Resilience Initiative: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R).

Lisa graduated with a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy from Colorado State University (2003) and worked as a postdoctoral scholar with The Wilderness Society, where she studied the National Fire Plan. She was on the faculty at the University of Denver from 2005-2010, where she taught in the interdisciplinary "communities and environment" thematic area. She went on to work for the State of Colorado, initially as a legislative liaison for the Division of Wildlife and then as an Assistant Director for the Department of Natural Resources. Her portfolio included policy analysis on endangered species, public lands, forestry, and wildfire.

She moved to New Haven, CT in 2015 to serve as the Associate Director for the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy. In 2017 she joined the faculty at Columbia University, and currently lives and works in New York City.